Pelosi demands subpoena power for Capitol riot commission

Pelosi demands subpoena power for Capitol riot commission


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded Thursday that the 9/11-style commission being established to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot have subpoena power, amid concerns on the right that the probe could become partisan.

“You have to have subpoena power,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during her weekly news conference when asked if the commission should be able to demand testimony from unwilling witnesses.

“There’s really strong support in the country for us to seek the truth, find the truth, but also understand how we have to protect the American people from what might be out there in terms of domestic terrorism and the rest,” the top ranking House Democrat argued.

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Bipartisan calls for a 9/11-style probe intensified in recent weeks, with calls coming to a head from both Democratic and GOP lawmakers.

By Monday, Pelosi had announced the formation of a commission, telling House members in a “Dear Colleague” letter that there were still too many unanswered questions in the wake

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